HBO Max has recently decided that some of its quality programming does not need to be shown to its subscribers, as well as canceling films that were almost completed as a result of restructuring and synergy.
Let's take a look at some of the HBO Max films and TV shows that have decidedly no longer need to be on their service in the future.
An American Pickle
An American Pickle follows Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen) who falls in a pickle vat in 1919, and awakes a century later in New York City, where he discovers his descendant Ben, who was also played by Rogen. On Apple TV+, Spenser Confidential, Hulus Palm Springs, and Tom Hanks-starring Greyhound are among the most popular movies.
At Home with Amy Sedaris
At Home with Amy Sedaris, a surrealist take on homemaking, ran for three seasons on truTV and won an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Program. truTV canceled the program shortly after it was released, but it was still a great show for streaming, especially with an extensive and impressive lineup of guest actors, such as Justin Theroux, Michael Shannon, and John Early, to name a few.
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner conceived a 2018 American remake of the British series of the same name, which only lasted one season, but it is a bit strange that HBO Max would not keep it on their service, particularly considering the fantastic ensemble cast that included Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Juliette Lewis, This Is Us, Brett Gelman, and Zola director Janicza Bravo.
Chad, a film by Nasim Pedrad, was initially renewed on TBS until it was released. However, the second season, if it was to air, was canceled on HBO Max on July 2022, and it was unfortunately taken off the service for the time being.
Charm City Kings
Charm City Kings, a 14-year-old who wants to join a Baltimore dirt bike rider group known as The Midnight Clique, was screened in another surprising recent absence, as did Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Aside from Charm City Kings, director Angel Manuel Soto was hired to direct the Blue Beetle film for HBO Max, which is still scheduled for release in August 2023.
Here and Now
Here and Now, like Camping, was a one-season series from a creator who had previously enjoyed HBO success. This time, a multiracial family in Portland, created a new series that just didnt take off the way Balls previous shows did. However, considering Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins' outstanding track record on HBO, it's strange that even he couldn't walk through the cuts unharmed.
With shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Oz, and The Wire, HBO could do no wrong. However, K Street was made by a filmmaker who only worked on the program for one season, and featured, of all people, James Carville and Mary Matalin as themselves, as well as John Slattery pre-Mad Men and Mary McCormack. Although K Street isn't as well-known on HBO Max, it's strange that HBO Max would want less Soderbergh
Locked Down, directed by Doug Liman and Steven Knight, grew out of the fact that viewers seemed to dislike being locked in during the epidemic. Despite its length, it was marginally successful in its second half, when it becomes a department store heist film. With a cast that includes Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Ben Stiller, and Dule Hill, it appears to have should have lasted for more than 19 months.
Moonshot, the most recent HBO Max title, had only been available for a few months on the streaming service. It's remarkable that Chris Winterbauers' film only had a few months to prove itself.
Mrs. Fletcher, a series created by The Leftovers Tom Perotta, featuring Kathryn Hahn, and directed by Enough Saids Gillan Robespierre, sounds like the kind of miniseries that many would have discovered on HBO Max. Hahn played Mrs. Fletcher, who goes through a midlife crisis/sexual awakening once her son goes to college. And of course, giving less Hahn is a total travesty.
Vicky Jones directed the stage production of Fleabag with Merritt Weaver and Domhnall Gleeson, who both agreed that they would leave their homes and travel to the United States together on a train seventeen years later. This was a fun single-season show for fans of Weaver, Gleeson, and Waller-Bridge, who also had a recurring role.
It's probably not advisable to make a film around Carol, the most ordinary person on Earth, that is played by Melissa McCarthy, let alone cast James Vorden as an A.I. trying to decide whether or not it should save or destroy mankind, with Carol left as the person demonstrating that Earth is worth saving.
Vinyl, a show that was destined to be a smash hit when it first aired in 2016, has a talented cast that includes Jack Quaid, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, and Olivia Wilde. There's no question that fans of these cast members, and especially Scorsese, would have seen this show at some point.
Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021, possibly because the HBO Max adaptation of The Witches did not survive the company's recent changes. The Witches was directed by Forrest Gump Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, and co-written by Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, and Guillermo del Toro. Again, the Witches had a solid cast, with many recommending the 1990 Nicolas Roeg adaptation.